“I told you so.”
I love the way they roll off my tongue, probably because they roll off it so seldom. On the other hand, rolling off the tongue of others, which they do all the time, they have a somewhat different clang. Noxious, offensive, rude, like cracking the door of the port-o-potty at the races after it’s been open for business for six or seven hours.
But I digress.
I told you in 2014 that Coryn Rivera was pretty much the most awesome American bike racer we have. And I lamented that women’s racing gets short shrift among the cycling fanboy media.
But what I didn’t tell you is that she was going to be the first American to win Flanders. I didn’t tell you that because I had no idea. In fact, if you’d asked me I would have put her chances at no better than 70-30, not because she wasn’t good enough, but because no American has ever won it. Also, I’m a blogger not a fortune teller.
This past Sunday, though, that’s exactly what Coryn did. It’s a landmark of athletic landmarks, and while fanboys at Cyclingsnooze.com and Velomarketingandsales.com were pimping John Degenkolb’s new bicycle (German, 4th), Tom Boonen’s predictions for the race (Belgian, 37th), Peter Sagan (Slovakian, 27th), and Michael Matthews (Australian, DNS), Rivera was preparing to write a different set of parentheses, (American, 1st and 1st Ever). Coryn’s win also puts her at the top of the women’s Pro Tour.
American bike racers have someone to cheer for, and they have for years now. Let’s encourage the fanboy journalists to cheer with the rest of us.
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